My favorite bar in Austin. Expect a crowd (unless you come in the afternoon), but once you get a table the service is usually very attentive. Servers come and go, so if yours isn’t a beerologist just ask one of the bartenders. There are good deals most nights listed on the fire-sale blackboard. The food is good but, just like the beer, should be switched up every once in a while.
Great selection, but it can get quite busy at different times depending on the day. Thats not really a complaint though. Food is great, and the place is clean. Couches are a plus, even though there might be a few too many. The patio is the place for me, plenty of room (unless its friday happy hour). The UFO club is fun to help keep track of what I have tried, and help me keep on top of what is new. Check it out.
The Saucer’s a very fun place to drink. They’ve got pretty much everything available in town and almost always get the new beers right when they show up. Casks show up occasionally, which is nice, and every now and then they’ll Randall a beer. If you’re there, ask for Sam, one of the managers - he’s a stand-up guy and knows his beer. It’s hard to choose between this and the Draughthouse for a favorite Austin beer joint.
The newest addition to the Flying Saucer chain, and has a "new" feel to it. I recognized a few staff members from their days at the San Antonio Saucer, and I was told that the GM from San Antonio is now in charge of Austin. They had a great selection - sure some of the stuff is available at a few places in Austin... but that’s the way the bar business works - it’s not like they can get something that isn’t available. It is a bit loud and pulls in a yuppie crowd, but who said a beer bar can’t be for the young crowd too (since I’m a bit of a yuppie myself, don’t mean I don’t enjoy a good beer). My only complaint is about the food. It’s the same menu as all the Saucers, which is good until you have decided you are tired of all the Saucer’s food!
I am not normally a fan of pub chains - they seem to be an excuse to demand disocunts from brewers who cannot really afford to give them. However I was really impressed by the FS chain on our flying visit. Good food, loads of beers, paying attention to local producers, giving drinkers a warm place to sit. This one hit the spot.